Christian Louboutin (French: [k?is.tj?? lu.bu.t??] ; born 7 January 1963) is a French footwear designer whose footwear has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. [ 1 ]
Personal life and ethnic background [ edit ]
Louboutin was born and raised in Paris' 12th arrondissement. He was the only son of Roger, an ebeniste (cabinet-maker), [ 2 ] and Irene, a homemaker, both French, from Bretagne. He has three other sisters. Louboutin said in a 2012 interview that he was "much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family. You know, I felt I wasn't French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs." [ 3 ]
Louboutin was expelled from school three times and then decided to run away from home at the age of 12, [ 4 ] at which point his mother allowed him to move out to live at a friend's house. [ 5 ] He faced much opposition when he decided to drop out from school. However, he claims that what
helped him make up his mind was an interview on TV with Sophia Loren. in which she introduced her sister, saying she had to leave school when she was only 12, but when she turned 50, she got her degree. He later remarked, "Everybody applauded! And I thought, 'Well, at least if I regret it I'm going to be like the sister of Sophia Loren!'"
Landscape architect. Louis Benech. has been his partner since 1997. Louboutin and his partner spend time between their homes in Paris' 1st arrondissement. [ 6 ] a fisherman's cottage in Lisbon. [ 7 ] a palace in Aleppo. [ 8 ] a houseboat on the Nile christened Dahabibi-my love boat. and a house in Luxor. The Luxor domicile is a former craftsman's workshop, made of earthen bricks, to which he has added an additional floor and a rooftop belvedere. [ 9 ] Additionally, he shares a 13th-century castle in the Vendee with his business partner Bruno Chamberlain. [ 5 ]
Louboutin claims that his unusual pastimes include trapeze flying, inspired by the film Wings of Desire. and that inspirations come from showgirls and music halls – not fashion (or la mode ), which he asserts becomes quickly dated. [citation needed ]
Career [ edit ]
Christian Louboutin Ltd.